All modules are broken up into stages and packages. Birth to 2yrs, 2-7yrs, 7-12yrs, Tweens and teens. Please see TEACHER TRAINING section for more information. Sample of what you will learn: Child-care, home practice and yoga studio ideas/lesson plans/precautions/behaviour management. Relating yoga and mindfulness to age- appropriate practices based on human development at each stage. Contents:What is emotional well- being? What is yoga? (Reflection) Explanation of the 'eight limbs of yoga' and activities to enhance 'mindfulness', breathing, 'anxiety busters', focus and concentration, fun games for happiness, teamwork and breath work. What is meditation? (Reflection) Benefits of children's yoga. Importance of nutrition and exercise. Birth to 2yrs, 2-7yrs, 7-12yrs, tweens and teens- developmental tasks. (Relating these to yoga teaching implications). Play- based and age-appropriate yoga teaching techniques. Example lesson plans. Yoga stories and themes. Warm ups, yoga asanas. Breathing/ energy rising and lowering asanas for all age groups. Additional values of crystals, aromatherapy, music therapy, poetry/art, ritual/ symbolism. Relating and integrating Yoga and mindfulness with children’s learning styles. Mantras, mudras and chants for children. Visualisations and relaxation stories. Progressive muscle relaxations and body scans. Yoga games, partner and group yoga Behaviour management. Health and safety guidelines and precautions. Functional physiology and precautions. Integrating yoga and mindfulness with school curriculum and making links. Lesson plan ideas and example lesson plan formats to choose from. Overview and bringing it all together. Yoga for children with special needs. Introduction to yoga for trauma/anxiety in children to teens (Introduction only). Teens section out-line: Developmental tasks at this age. Yama and Niyamas with teens (Yoga observances) Class boundaries Neuroscience of the teenage brain Group and partner work Integrating yogic themes: chakras and mental growth. How to deal with Toxic friendships. Meditation and Mantras. Emotional self management. Anxiety tool box. Processes for using mindfulness in difficult times. Yoga asanas for energy rising and release. Using breathing practices to calm the mind and ignite energy. Teacher tips. Yoga philosophy related to modern times. Planning a class for teens
Sample program: Day 2: Specific adjustments for children with special needs, including children with ASD's. Assist children in dealing with frustrations with self-regulation techniques using mindfulness, meditations and yoga poses. ‘Limbs’ of yoga (parts) Concentration and mindfulness techniques Specific benefits for children with special needs Yoga to support: Children with physical additional needs Children with special intellectual needs Children with limited language Yoga for asthma Children with behavioural/emotional/social additional needs- ASDs, ADHD Specific benefits for children with additional needs Vestibular system Cautions Chair yoga Physical adaptations Visualisation Reducing hyperactivity games Transitional yoga games Yoga for pain management Yoga and mindfulness in the classroom. Relaxation. Communication adaptations and skills for all children. Yoga and mindfulness – Introduction to over-coming trauma/anxiety through yoga for children to teens. What is anxiety? The statistics. Ways to help yourself and children When to use caution in yoga. Yoga asanas ‘postures’ for children. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness practices Techniques for children in mindfulness The ‘RAIN’ and other acronyms/concepts Yoga asanas for children. Simple practices for anxiety. Breathing techniques and yoga philosophy. Relaxation techniques Introduction for yoga for anxiety and trauma. Yoga for anxiety and trauma: part 1. Aims of trauma based yoga Guiding principles of Trauma sensitive yoga and movement States of being- hypo-arousal, hyper-arousal and yoga Benefits of yoga for trauma Effects of the body when triggered Planning a class. Fight or flight systems and yoga How yoga can help the nervous system Dual awareness/mindfulness Body awareness and movement for trauma
Yoga asanas for children. Simple practice for trauma survivors/anxiety. Classroom breaks and ideas. Yoga for teens-trauma. Yoga for trauma survivors/ the body holds the score. (introduction only). Using visualisation. Using appropriate language. Top tips Overview Question for review of classes. Outcome: At the end of Day 2 students will understand key tips in teaching yoga to children with a variety of special needs. Key adaptations and techniques will be explored. One on one work and group work will be covered, along with classroom management for specific needs. Students will feel more confident to handle situations where a student or a class doing yoga needs to be aware of specific needs, including trauma informed (introduction to skills and knowledge) and how to assist children to teens with anxiety and key ideas of what it is. Plus 4hrs and home study to complete required assignments or in class time given.